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What I Read Online – 06/27/2013 (a.m.)

27 Jun
    • This year it’s only $30 (I pay for more dinner for my family some nights!) for a weekend’s worth of fantastic teaching, new and strengthened gospel friendships, and wonderful times of gathered worship.
    • With the general theistic conception of authority as a background we do not wonder that the Christian conception of the family is quite different from that of the non-Christian.
    • Modern feminism is right if antitheism is right.
    • There is on the theistic basis no such thing as a law of nature apart from God. Paul speaks about nature teaching us certain things but he conceives of nature’s laws as being expressive of the will of nature’s God.
    • No one can afford to trifle with authority that is directly compared to the sacred authority of Christ over his church. On the other hand no one can afford to abuse such authority since he really possesses it only as he exercises it in the spirit of Christ. If husbands love their wives as Christ loves his church their authority can never seem burdensome. If true love exists the husband will target the wife as “the weaker vessel,” and consider her as a “fellow-believer” in order that the common prayers “be not hindered.”1 Pt 3:1, Ti 2:3–5
    • If it were not that parents have authority delegated to them by God they would have none. Parents do not have merely a moral authority because they happen to be more advanced in age and knowledge but they have authority in the sense that they must require obedience.
    • Hence if they fail to demand obedience to themselves they break down at the outset what they must seek to build. As soon as possible the parent will have to point the child to the final source of authority; heteronomy must lead to theonomy least it lead to autonomy. Indulgent fathers and mothers think they are but kind when in reality they undermine the family and society and offend almighty God.
    • Perhaps a better way would be to download a KMZ file that can be used in Google Earth. On the Google Earth Community Group (get the KMZ file from there), Burnham says of the KMZ file:
       

       It is a compilation of the 25000+ locations we have listed on the Megalithic Portal. Each entry includes summary descriptions and a thumbnail image, where available. 

    • In particular I would have liked to see a discussion of what communion with God is. From my limited reading it seems that the Puritans relegate communion with God to prayer and reading the Scriptures. This view seemed to be confirmed in the book. I wonder if the Puritans had reflections on communion with God through relaxation, family time, or sport? I bring this up because some pastors may need more breaks or sabbaticals. They need to get out of the study and out of the counseling session and go to a baseball game. Some pastors reading about Puritans rising at 3 a.m. for communion with God may be more discouraged than encouraged.

       

    • focusing their attention on the recent news surrounded Pope Francis’ universalist comments. If you’re not familiar with the term “anonymous Christian” (don’t worry…we weren’t either), listen in and learn how the Pope’s flawed theology has been plaguing the church from Justin Martyr in the 2nd century to misguided modern day teachers like Rob Bell. Is there a difference between universalism and inclusivism? What’s the real problem with the Roman Catholic Church? Our hosts will answer these questions and more in this “no guest needed” edition of your favorite reformed podcast!
    • After describing a seven-step procedure for tackling ethical dilemmas, author Scott Rae uses case studies to address some of today’s most pressing social issues. He guides students in thinking critically and biblically about: Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, Euthanasia, Capital Punishment, Sexual Ethics, The Morality of War, Genetic Technologies and Human Cloning, Ethics and Economics.

       

    • Now dramatically updated and expanded, this edition of Ethics for a Brave New World seeks to maintain the relevance, rigorous scholarship, and biblical faithfulness of the first edition. While many of the topics covered in the book remain the same, John Feinberg has revised each chapter to keep it current with contemporary trends and to respond to the most recent scholarship. There is a new chapter on stem cell research and greatly expanded material on issues such as homosexuality and genetic engineering. This important resource will be a valuable guide for students and those seeking answers to ethical dilemmas.
    • For two decades, Evangelical Ethics has been regarded as one of the best treatments of contemporary ethical problems facing Christians. John Jefferson Davis brings mature biblical thought to issues such as these: homosexuality, genetics, abortion, euthanasia, war and peace, the environment, divorce and remarriage.

       

      “I recommend the book highly to anyone seeking biblical guidance on these much-debated issues.” —John M. Frame

    • If You Are Hesitant to Come to Christ, Jonathan Edwards Would Like to Ask You Some Questions

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    • It is important that we be reminded of such disputes and debates lest we conceive of the history of the canon in an overly-sanitized fashion.   The canon was not given to us on golden tablets by an angel from heaven (as claimed for the Book of Mormon).  God, for his own providential reasons, chose to deliver the canon through normal historical circumstances.  And historical circumstances are not always smooth.
    • First, we shouldn’t overlook the fact that these disputes only affected a handful of books. 
    • Thus, there are no reasons to think that most Christians during this time period rejected these books.  On the contrary, it seems that church fathers like Origen were simply acknowledging the minority report
    • Third, we should also remember that the church eventually reached a broad, deep, and long-lasting consensus over these books that some disputed
    • Scalia writes in his dissent that, “[the Court has] no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation [DOMA]. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America
    • The Supreme Court has now ruled on two monumental marriage cases, and the legal and cultural landscape has changed in this country
    • marriage isn’t incidental to gospel preaching
    • This also means we must change the way we preach. Those with same-sex attractions, who follow Christ, will be walking away from what their families and friends want for them: wedding cake and married life and the American Dream. Following Jesus will mean taking up a cross and following a hard narrow way. It always does.
    • Same-sex marriage is headed for your community. This is no time for fear or outrage or politicizing. It’s a time for forgiven sinners, like us, to do what the people of Christ have always done. It’s time for us to point beyond our family values and our culture wars to the cross of Christ as we say: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”

       

      And that’s good news.

       

       

       

    • In the first decision handed down today, the Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act, passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, is unconstitutional
    • In the Proposition 8 case, the Court’s majority held that the plaintiffs in the case, representing the people of California, lacked legal standing to appeal the lower court’s decisions that found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional.
    • It is virtually impossible to exaggerate the future impact of the DOMA decision, but it is not yet a new Roe v. Wade.  Instead, it sets up a future legal challenge from any citizen in any state that does not have legal same-sex marriage
    • By finding that the moral judgment of Congress in opposing same-sex marriage was wrong, he asserted, quite forcefully, that opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in animus or hatred. In other words, Justice Kennedy, joined by four other justices, believes that opposition to same-sex marriage is wrong. In condemning a moral judgment, he arrogantly made a moral judgment
    • Even though the Court did not rule today that all states must legally recognize and allow for same-sex marriages, the handwriting is on the wall. Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion implicitly invites any citizen who resides in a state that does not allow for same-sex marriage to claim that his or her constitutional rights are violated on the basis of the Court’s opinion handed down today. You can count on a challenge of this form arising in short order.
    • What about laws against polygamy? Was Justice Kennedy even aware of just how sweeping this statement would be? Laws against polygamy were explicitly passed in order to “interfere” with the “equal dignity” of multiple-spousal marriages. Justice Kennedy’s opinion, now the Court’s decision, destroys any legal argument against polygamy.
    • The Christian church does not ask the U. S. Supreme Court, or any other human court, what marriage is
    • “I wasn’t surprised by the content of the decisions,” says Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, “but what I was surprised by was the far-reaching language in the DOMA decision.” The implications of this decision, he argues, will in the fullness of time, apply to all 50 states
    • A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted in regard to a Senior Pastor whose associate pastor took his own life on a Sunday afternoon just after the morning service
    • Prepare for disturbing news to come
    • Try to connect with those who have faced this
    • Weep with those who weep
    • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
    • Make sure your grieve over this loss
    • Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America released two rulings on the matter of marriage. The first related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the second to Proposition 8 (Prop 8). The court ruled 5-4 in favor of the unconstitutionality of DOMA, which had protected biblical and traditional marriage. The court essentially “passed” on Prop 8. It will take time for all the effects of these cases to be sorted out and enacted. Speaking generally, the outcome of the DOMA ruling is that biblical and traditional marriage will not enjoy federal protection. The outcome of the Prop 8 decision is that the way is clear for same-sex marriage in California.
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      To define marriage in any other way is to do great damage to this institution and to disobey Almighty God. Per Romans 13, no government possesses the authority to contravene or redefine God’s law

    • From a posture of courage, and out of love for our neighbor in fulfillment of the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39; Luke 10:27), CBMW will continue to champion biblical and traditional marriage. We encourage every Christian and church to do the same.
    • If the hour seems dark, however, we are reminded of the infinite hope that is ours in Jesus Christ
    • But his current stipended ministry role has been as Senior Pastor of Palmerston North Central Baptist church. That more than hints something new, bold and radical about this appointment.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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